Amateur MMA competitors are advised to:
1. Avoid training too hard or too little. It is important to put in the proper amount of training, such as daily weightlifting and roadwork. Appropriate training requires going to a solid MMA gym and working with a good trainer. However, overtraining can put excessive stress on your body, which increases the risk for injury.
2. Honor personal talents and strengths. Rather than attempting to mimic the fighting approach of another, hone in on and stay true to your own particular strengths regarding style and approach. For instance, focus on grappling techniques if your strengths lie in grappling, or practice striking techniques if you possess a talent for striking.
3. Vet mentors. Training under the wrong mentor can put your progress at a standstill, or a decline in the worst-case scenario. Take the time to screen potential mentors and choose one with the ability to motivate you and help you to continue improving your form.
4. Incorporate posture-correcting exercises. Maintaining good posture can reduce the amount of muscle stress on your back and shoulders. In addition to remaining mindful of your posture throughout everyday activities, consider incorporating specific corrective exercises. You may also want to include corrective strategies for other critical areas, such as ankle flexibility, shoulder mobility, and core and scapular stability.